Thieves who can’t get to the cash make off with ATM

But after dragging money machine through Grafton they abandon it, stolen pickup truck in front yard of home
Ozaukee Press staff

Police continue to search this week for two people who stole an ATM from a downtown Grafton bank — not just the cash in it but the entire machine.

To make their getaway, the two people attached chains to the ATM and dragged it with a pickup truck down the street toward Cedarburg early Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to the Grafton Police Department.

The sight of an ATM being towed down the street caught the attention of a resident who, mistaking the cash machine for a trailer, reported to police that a truck without lights was towing a trailer without wheels.

“The surveillance video is actually quite comical,” Patrick Brock, the media relations officer for the Grafton Police Department said. “You could play the ‘Benny Hill’ theme song to it.”

The thieves got away but without the truck and ATM, which were found in the front yard of a home at Green Bay and Hamilton roads in the Town of Cedarburg.  Authorities believe the driver of the truck failed to make a turn and ended up stuck in the yard, Brock said.

Police were alerted to the theft by a burglar alarm at Cornerstone Community Bank at 2090 Wisconsin Ave. at 4:20 a.m. Feb. 2.

Surveillance video suggests that stealing the entire ATM was not the thieves’ first plan.

The video shows two people arriving at the bank in a red pickup truck and trying to pry open an ATM.

When that didn’t work, they rammed it with the truck to dislodge it from its base, then attached chains to it and drove south out of the parking lot.

Authorities found the truck and ATM in the Town of Cedarburg yard a short time later, but by then the thieves were gone. Officers and a dog from the Glendale Police Department searched the area but could not find them.

The ATM and the money inside of it were recovered.

Authorities later learned the truck had been reported stolen in Milwaukee.

Grafton police are asking anyone with information or doorbell video footage that could be useful to the investigation to contact Detective Dustin Cline at (262) 375-5320, extension 819, or to submit an anonymous tip to TIP411 by texting 847411 with the keyword OZSO and the tip.


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